The sun provides energy for the immense diversity of life forms found on earth. Conversion of this energy into electricity by means of photoelectric effect with an acceptable efficiency and price may provide all the energy needs for humankind.
New materials and manufacturing techniques are key issues for increasing the efficiency and reducing the cost of photovoltaic devices. Hence, this Printable Solar Cells Advances in Solar Cell Materials and Storage book series focuses on materials and manufacturing techniques as well as the storage applications for solar cells.
The first volume of the series, Printable Solar Cells, compiles the objectives related to the new materials from solution processing and manufacturing techniques for solar cell applications.
The chapters are written by distinguished authors who have extensive experience in their fields. A broader point of view and coverage of the topic are provided due to the multidisciplinary contributor profile, including physics, chemistry, materials science,
biochemical engineering, optoelectronic information, photovoltaic and renewable energy engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical and manufacturing engineering.
Therefore, readers will absolutely have a chance to learn about not only the fundamentals but also the various aspects of materials science and manufacturing technologies for printable solar cells.
The Printable Solar Cells Advances in Solar Cell Materials and Storage book contains information which could be presented in energy and materials sciencerelated courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels.
This Printable Solar Cells Advances in Solar Cell Materials and Storage book is organized into four parts. Part I (Chapters 1–5) covers the organic and inorganic hybrid materials and solar cell manufacturing techniques. In this section, descriptions of the operational principles and types of hybrid solar cells,
physical and chemical principles of film formation by solution processes, polymer/quantum dot hybrid solar cells, hole transporting layers and solution processing techniques are described. Part II (Chapters 6–8) is devoted to organic materials and processing technologies.
Details of the spray-coating technologies and the organic materials used in these methods are given in this section.
Part II also demonstrates the key features of interface engineering for printable organic solar cells. This phenomenon is very important to increase the device performance and decrease the production cost of printable solar cells.
Finally, structural, optical, electrical and electronic properties are presented as well as the fabrication parameters of thin films of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):p olystyrene sulfonate (PEDOT:PSS), which is one of the most commonly used organic polymers for photovoltaic applications.
The main focus of Part III (Chapters 9–11) is perovskite solar cells, which is a new and promising family for photovoltaic applications. Working principle, device architectures, deposition methods and stability of the perovskite solar cells are given in this section.
In addition, the optical properties and photovoltaic performance of organometal trihalide perovskite absorbers are also addressed.
Finally, information on dye-sensitized solar cells, the inkjet printing process and modules based on advanced nanocomposite materials are described.
This Printable Solar Cells Advances in Solar Cell Materials and Storage book concludes with Part IV (Chapters 12–15), inorganic materials and process technologies for printable solar cells. Structural, optical and electrical properties of kesterites, device architecture and deposition strategies are extensively summarized in this part.